Our research on autism has particularly focused on the economic costs of autism - treatment, care and support - to provide economic evidence to support greater investment in support for autistic people. We carry out economic evaluations as part of larger studies evaluating or developing new support interventions.

Key findings

Current studies 

ASDEU: Autism spectrum disorders in Europe

The ASDEU programme is studying the prevalence of autism in 12 countries, analysing the economic and social costs of autism, reviewing existing arrangements and developing proposals for early detection programmes with the aim of improving care and support for adults with autism.

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IAMHealth: Improving outcomes for people with autism spectrum disorders by reducing mental health problems

The IAMHealth study is focusing on decreasing mental health problems as a strategy for improving outcomes for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

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SenITA: A pragmatic randomised controlled trial of sensory integration therapy versus usual care for sensory processing difficulties in autism spectrum disorders in children

The SenITA study is exploring whether, compared to treatment normally offered to families ('usual care'), sensory integration therapy can help with behaviour and daily functioning for children between 4 and 11 years old who have adult spectrum disorders and sensory processing difficulties and are in mainstream education.

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SHAPE: Mapping and evaluating specialist autism team service models

The SHAPE study is evaluating specialist autism teams, and investigating their role in supporting autism-specialist practice in mainstream services. LSE is leading on the economic evaluation for the study.

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